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Tuesday May 8, 2012, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    Breakfast is provided at 8:00AM

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California Endowment, Oakland Conference Center 
1111 Broadway
7th floor
Oakland, CA 94607

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Suzanne Richards 
Coalition for Compassionate Care of California 
(916) 489-2222 

The Alameda-Contra Costa POLST Coalition and the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California are pleased to present a one-day POLST workshop...

POLST: Beginning the Conversation

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Program Description

POLST: Beginning the Conversation is a one-day workshop introducing health care providers to the California POLST (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) form and how POLST fits in to the continuum of advance care planning.  In addition to learning about POLST, attendees will participate in interactive exercises to enhance their skills in facilitating meaningful conversations with patients and their families about goals of care and POLST, and completing the POLST form to reflect patient's treatment wishes.


At the completion of this course, the active participant will be able to:

  1. Identify the target population for POLST completion
  2. Facilitate a POLST conversation
  3. Complete a POLST form correctly
  4. Identify two signatures required on a POLST form
  5. Understand cultural and spiritual aspects that may influence the POLST conversation
  6. Describe the differences between an Advance Health Care Directive and the POLST form
  7. Discuss the importance of advance care planning and palliative care with patients and family members

Who Should Attend

The education program is designed for physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains and other staff from skilled nursing facilities, acute care hospitals, emergency medical services, home health and hospice. 

Training Information

California Endowment, Oakland Conference Center
1111 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607

May 8, 2012, 8:30am - 4:30pm; breakfast at 8:00am


Early Registration (deadline Apr 24)          Late Registration(after Apr 24)
CCCC Member = $109 per person               CCCC Member = $129 per person
Non-Member = $124 per person                    Non-Member = $144 per person

Fee must be received prior to training.  Registration includes workshop materials, continuing education credit, and breakfast and lunch.  A limited number of partial scholarships are available through a grant from the California HealthCare Foundation.  A 10% multi-staff discount is available if more than one person is attending from the same organization.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be made in writing no later than 5 business days prior to the workshop, and faxed to (888) 789-9475 or e-mailed to info@CoalitionCCC.org.  A $25 non-refundable processing fee will be retained for each cancellation.  No refunds will be made after this date.  No shows are subject to the full registration fee.  Substitutions are encouraged.


A registration confirmation will be sent via e-mail one week in advance.  Directions and parking information will be included.

Continuing Education Credit

Full attendance at the workshop is a prerequisite for receiving professional continuing education credit.  Attendees must sign in at the workshop and include their professional license number.  Certificates of attendance will be available.

Nursing – Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP 15403, for 7 contact hours.

Social Work – This course meets the qualifications for 7 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs and /or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Nursing Home Administrators – This course has been approved by the Nursing Home Administrator Program (NHAP) for 7 NHAP/P credits.  CCCC is an approved NHAP provider.

CME – The Riverside County Medical Association (RCMA) is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  RCMA takes responsibility for the content, quality and scientific integrity of this CME activity.  RCMA designates this educational activity for a maximum of 7 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.


David K. English, MD, FACEP is an Emergency Medicine physician and faculty member at Alameda County Medical Center in Oakland. He is a long-time member (and currently co-chair) of the ACMC Ethics Committee. He served as Physician Champion of the Alameda-Contra Costa POLST Coalition in 2009-10, and currently is Chair of the Coalition. In addition to his long interest in medical ethics, he is also actively interested in healthcare IT.

Mary Lee Gates, NP, MS, AOCN is the lead Outreach and Education Director for the Alameda Contra Costa POLST Coalition.  Her POLST involvement began when she comprised the role of Miss Emily POLST for an October `08 presentation to her colleagues at the Kaiser Permanente Palliative Care Service in East Contra Costa Co. As a devoted advocate for those with advanced chronic disease and the frail elderly, Ms. Gates has promoted the POLST paradigm extensively in clinics and skilled nursing facilities in East Contra Costa.

Erin Henke is the Statewide POLST Program Manager with the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California, the lead agency coordinating POLST efforts in California.  

Thank you

Thank you to our host, the California Endowment, and to the California HealthCare Foundation for making partial scholarships and the training materials possible.


Contact CCCC at (916) 489-2222 or info@CoalitionCCC.org.